The Warmth of Other Suns Essay


Listed below are the questions, resource links and attached is the rubric, questions and instructions. This is a 4 page essay and must have 4 references. The main 2 resources are the book (The Warmth of Other Suns) and ppt. from   
Higginbotham, Evelyn. From Slavery to Freedom. McGraw-Hill Education, 2010 and you will need to find 2 additional.
Define the Great Migration.
What is your thesis or focus?
What central lesson did you draw from your research/investigations? Entice your reader/audience (think beyond just Dr. Giddings reading your paper!) into your paper with a summary of your findings/discoveries.
Introduce Wilkerson’s “character(s)” (Robert Joseph Pershing Foster & George Swanson Starling) by their full names.
Why was this character(s) selected. 
Summarize what you learned/discovered. 

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What were the problems identified by the migrants?
What facts/stories from the book support your paper’s thesis?
What were the specific “push” and “pull” or motivating factors responsible for the problem which caused the move/migration to occur?
Who moved; who remained behind and why; did anyone move headfirst?
What familial connections remain in the south/place of origin? 
What information gathered surprised you; had you any related documents which helped to tell or describe the problem/issues; was the problem or the push factors more or less of the motivation for the move?
What were the consequences of the migration – were the problems resolved (i.e, was life better in the new location)?
In what ways was the Great Migration similar or dissimilar to the more unpopular Emigration movements in antebellum (pre-Civil War) period?
What are some comparisons between the personal stories you discovered (read about) and those events/stories presented about the Great Migration; – for example, what if any role did the Black Press play in the individual’s decision to move/migrate?
How different do you imagine your (Wilkerson’s characters’) life would have been, were it not for the migration?
What is your analysis of whether the identified problem was resolved by the migration/move …? 

Overall value of this project; what is your analysis/assessment of the problem faced by your character and did they make the right move to resolve same? 
Did you accomplished our targeted learning outcome; and what would you change to improve this assignment as a learning tool?

F & H chapters PPT –
Higginbotham, Evelyn. From Slavery to Freedom. McGraw-Hill Education, 2010.


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